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 Wednesday, January 11, 2017


A Faculty Perspective on the Importance of the Guided Pathways Initiative
Submitted by Charles Errico, Ph.D., professor of history at NOVA and chair of the Chancellor’s Faculty Advisory Committee (CFAC)

The community colleges are often viewed as the 21st century Ellis Island, a safe harbor for those who want an opportunity for a better life. Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), situated just outside the nation’s capital, has students from more than 160 countries.


Submitted by Dr. Catherine Finnegan, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness

On average, among VCCS’s first-time-in-college, degree-seeking students:

• Six out of 10 who pass all first semester courses will complete a degree (at either VCCS or a transfer institution) within six years.
• Four out of 10 who withdraw from at least one course, but pass all others will complete a degree (at either VCCS or a transfer institution) within six years.
• Only two out of 10 who fail a course in their first semester will complete a degree (at either VCCS or a transfer institution) within six years.



The 2017 session of the General Assembly kicks off today in Richmond. Ellen Davenport, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations, will be monitoring the pieces of legislation important to the VCCS. Below is a brief recap of relevant bills filed to date:



SWCC Launches REDI Center to Power Retraining for Displaced Miners Submitted by Pat Bussard, SWCC

Southwest Virginia Community College has launched a REDI Center (Retraining Energy Displaced Individuals Center for Displaced Coal Miners). The REDI Center assists laid-off coal miners and dislocated supply chain workers impacted by the downturn in the coal energy sector to receive retraining and educational opportunities to prepare them for successful re-entry into the workforce.



College Foundation Spotlight
NRCC Receives Donation for Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative
Submitted by: Joyce Taylor, NRCC

Jim and Margaret Shuler of Blacksburg believe in the power and benefit of education. That’s why they donated a considerable gift to the NRCC Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative.






Jan. 19




Jan. 25-26




Jan. 26


Featured Artist Search
(For New Horizons Conference)




Feb 1 (Deadline to submit)


Faculty Peer Group Meeting
(Engineering & Applied Technologies, Information System Technology & Computer Science, Accounting, Business & Economics)


Glen Allen


Feb. 2-3




Feb 3


Nomination Form


Feb. 15 (Deadline to submit)


Nomination Form


Feb. 15 (Deadline to submit)


Advisory Council on Presidents (ACOP) Meeting




Feb. 21-22




Feb. 24


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